Then Zophar the Naamathite1 replied:
"My troubled thoughts prompt me to answer because I am greatly disturbed.23
I hear a rebuke3 that dishonors me, and my understanding inspires me to reply.
"Surely you know how it has been from of old,4 ever since people werea placed on the earth,
that the mirth of the wicked5 is brief, the joy of the godless6 lasts but a moment.76
Though his pride8 reaches to the heavens9 and his head touches the clouds,107
he will perish forever,11 like his own dung; those who have seen him will say, 'Where is he?'128
Like a dream13 he flies away,14 no more to be found, banished15 like a vision of the night.169
The eye that saw him will not see him again; his place will look on him no more.1710
His children18 must make amends to the poor; his own hands must give back his wealth.1911
The youthful vigor20 that fills his bones21 will lie with him in the dust.2212
"Though evil23 is sweet in his mouth and he hides it under his tongue,2413
though he cannot bear to let it go and lets it linger in his mouth,2514
yet his food will turn sour in his stomach;26 it will become the venom of serpents27 within him.
He will spit out the riches28 he swallowed; God will make his stomach vomit29 them up.
He will suck the poison30 of serpents; the fangs of an adder will kill him.3117
He will not enjoy the streams, the rivers32 flowing with honey33 and cream.3418
What he toiled for he must give back uneaten;35 he will not enjoy the profit from his trading.3619
For he has oppressed the poor37 and left them destitute;38 he has seized houses39 he did not build.
"Surely he will have no respite from his craving;40 he cannot save himself by his treasure.4121
Nothing is left for him to devour; his prosperity will not endure.4222
In the midst of his plenty, distress will overtake him;43 the full force of misery will come upon him.4423
When he has filled his belly,45 God will vent his burning anger46 against him and rain down his blows on him.4724
Though he flees48 from an iron weapon, a bronze-tipped arrow pierces him.4925
He pulls it out of his back, the gleaming point out of his liver. Terrors50 will come over him;5126
total darkness52 lies in wait for his treasures. A fire53 unfanned will consume him54 and devour what is left in his tent.5527
The heavens will expose his guilt; the earth will rise up against him.5628
A flood will carry off his house,57 rushing watersb on the day of God's wrath.5829
Such is the fate God allots the wicked, the heritage appointed for them by God."59